Boca Raton Preservation Board wants historic status for 1927 house-turned-restaurant

The Boca Raton Preservation Board voted in July to pursue a Historic Preservation designation for the Giles House, long home to La Vieille Maison Restaurant at 770 E. Palmetto Park Road.
The city’s Planning & Zoning board recommended denying it in 2009, and City Council put the issue on hold. The restaurant closed in May 2006 and the property is for sale.
The owner of the property, identified as Irving Litwak, “does not feel this building qualifies for historic designation,” according to the Oct. 22, 2009, minutes of the Planning & Zoning Board. “Several builders, contractors and engineers have looked this over and feel the cost and difficulty of renovation would be prohibitive. It should be demolished,” the minutes read.
Thomas Giles, an engineer for architect Addison Mizner, built the property as a house in 1927. It became an apartment building in 1953 and reopened as the restaurant in 1973.
The historic board noted that the vacant building is not being maintained.
The property sits along a stretch of Palmetto Park Road that the city is now revitalizing.
— Staff report

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